Monthly Archives: January 2009

Beware the ides–and labels–of Coke

Following up on my post about being cautious regarding what you read on random websites about waist training and corsetry, the same issue came to mind today when reading my Cosco Connection magazine (who among us is NOT these days seeking wise ways to eat well yet save?).  “Be cautious” — and more — seems to apply.

“New food labels: the Smart Choice?,” an article on page 15, mentions an initially laudatory program starting this year, initiated by the American Dietetic Association’s Food and Nutrition Conference. It’s designed to “take the guesswork out of food choices, enabling people to make smarter food decisions and thus improve public health.”

Well and good. But on second thought, could this be just more pandering to the ‘want-it-now-too-lazy-to-do-my-homework’ Digital Generation? I was the more convinced when I read that labels will be on products from copanies such as Kraft, GM, Coke and Pepsi.

And at what price will these giant food companies permit the ADA to post its labels? And how could full-leaded Coke possibly “meet certain nutritional requirements” when that precise product is known to be among the  top contributors to poor nutrition encouraging excess sugar consumption in an obesity-prone world?

Giving credit where credit is due, the article concluded by urging us to make meals from fresh ingredients at home. Those don’t need labels writting by others having dubious commitment to our health versus their profit. All ingredients might need is just a good recipe to follow from any cookbook published by Prevention magazine, my personal favorite source of healthy recipes.

I’d love to add more healthy recipes to my Corset Magic book this year, even perhaps prepare a supplement of recipes and cooking techniques that save calories in preparing healthy kinds of foods suitable for those in waist training. Care to submit recipes? If you do that by or before April 15, 2009 I’ll happily send you an updated copy of my book, and a special refrigerator reminder of the particular benefits of a well-toned, healthy body when you apply Corset Magic to it! Plus, enroll in our formal coaching program and receive a $50 discount on any waist-training quality corset ordered by April 15.

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Approach public information with caution as it relates to waist training!

Yes, even approach what you read on Romantasy’s blog with caution–although you will definitely NOT find the kind of non-factual, over-generalized and harmful comment about alleged physiological and skeletal responses to corseting and waist training that you well might encounter on other websites, even by corsetieres and corset wearers who speak of what they apparently do not know.

Our client, blogger, and friend Kellie was kind enough to send greetings from Alaska, and refer me to this 2008 comment about waist training: “I don’t do it, but I know some who do,” Coath says. “It needs to be done very carefully, or it can damage ribs and internal organs.”

Coath is quoted in a rather extensive article on corsetry in Australia appearing in a January 18, 2008 article in the Sydney Morning Herald. She is 22 years old and a fashion student. You may read the article on the web here: http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.smh.com.au/ffximage/rg_corset2_narrowweb__300x454,2.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.smh.com.au/news/fashion/corsets-the-cultural-counterpoints/2008/01/17/1200620189262.html&usg=__fNb5pCTHWpk2jAyATzOQk9hIARY=&h=454&w=300&sz=33&hl=en&start=15&um=1&tbnid=qiBTzBg-KbzJbM:&tbnh=128&tbnw=85&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dfront%2Btie%2Bcorset%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26sa%3DN

Unfortunately, this kind of comment is not supported by the facts, and is irresponsible in our view because it encourages exaggerated fear of and prejudice against corsets, fear and prejudice that reached their heyday in Victorian days.

In writing my book on the topic of waist training and to answer concerned questions I receive from clients from time to time, I took pains to consult 10 physicians, two nurses, and a Masters Level physical therapist, most of whom are my clients and themselves wear corsets. One physician is presently a distinguished forensic doctor, and was a former coroner and pathologist for some 30 years. Thus, he is initimately familiar with the body and its physiology and anatomy, as well as with corseting.

All these medical resources tell me that breaking ribs is very nearly impossible from corseting, although some soreness may result from lacing down too tightly or too precipitously for the style or one’s experience level. A percussive and/or abrupt powerful force such as happens in a car accident or fall off a high ladder, would be necessary to break ribs. In my 19 years in business I have met not one person who claims a corset or waist training broke a rib, and only met two or three who ever corseted to excess and felt some rib soreness the next day or two.

In addition, I know of no one who has personally experienced organ damage, and no one who has otherwise proved that corseting or waist training has “damaged internal organs.” Thus, I am at a loss to know to what Coath refers. I would be interested to ask the source of her statement. I doubt seriously that she could substantiate either claim she makes with personal experience, hearsay anecdotes of her friends, or any reputable factual report.

I am left to conclude that Coath is not a true corset enthusiast, because of her careless, inccurate and baseless statements. Perhaps youth has led her to certain excess of opinion, and we shall take it at just that.

We hope our readers will too, and will always take pains to search out responsible, knowledgable sources for information on the topic.

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